New Beginnings

New Beginnings is an innovative project for people in west Kent who have problems with hoarding behaviours and self-neglect. The project aims to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, and help decrease the need for statutory intervention.

 

 

We are offering various training and support packages to compliment the work that professionals already do with this client group.

We work with a client centred, holistic approach, aiming for long term change. We believe that the client’s autonomy can be enhanced so they can see the benefits of the change they want. This means progress can appear to be slow, but is more likely to be sustainable.

Please note that these programmes and workshops require independent funding. Referrals will normally be through health or housing professionals who are able to access funds, however privately funded applications will also be welcome.

We have produced a number of different options for training and client support which can be tailored to suit organisations. Explore these options in the drop-down items below.

Support Programme 1: Hoarding Reduction Group

Our focus is on enabling the client to make their own changes in the long term. This is best suited to clients who are starting to positively engage in changing their environment.

12 weeks of support through group therapy and one-to-one home support consisting of 6 group work sessions and 12 one-to-one sessions of home based work.

The groups will focus on the nature of change for each individual. Participants will be encouraged to be as honest, open and supportive as possible. Progress varies depending on the client’s emotional wellbeing and ability to engage. Thorough assessments give the best opportunity for the most positive outcomes. An assessment meeting will be held for all hoping to attend the programme.

It will be possible to remove small quantities of recycling and belongings.

Price: £6,500 for 8 people or £825 per individual.

Support Programme 2: One to One Home Support

Our focus is to enhance the motivation of a client to change. The programme is designed for complex clients or for those with disabilities. We endeavour to work with specific outcomes in mind.

12 weeks of one-to-one support within the client’s home.

All clients referred will have a comprehensive assessment to ascertain their needs and to ensure that we are able to offer the appropriate support. Assessment does not necessarily secure access to the programme. It will be possible to remove small quantities of recycling and belongings.

Price: £55 per hour per person, averaging 3 hours per week. There may be additional costs associated with the programme i.e. transportation costs, deep cleaning etc.

Workshop - Full Day

Our workshops are for professionals working with those suffering with hoarding behaviours including those with hoarding disorder. You will become aware of the issues around hoarding difficulties and how you can best intervene to achieve a successful outcome.

Objectives:

  • To enable professionals to recognise the difference between chronic disorganisation, self-neglect and hoarding disorder
  • To understand some of the issues that can cause hoarding behaviours
  • To understand the mental health implications for people affected in this way
  • To understand the implications of different interventions
  • To develop strategies for engaging a client’s motivation, including basic Motivational Interviewing techniques

It will be engaging and useful for those attending to bring their own work experiences.

Price: £1750 for up to 16 people or £110 per person. A discount may be possible if a free venue can be provided.

Workshop - Half Day

An interactive look at the issues around hoarding behaviours and hoarding disorder. Understanding some of the causes of the chaos, and when and if we can help. Signposting to other agencies and treatment. Suitable for professionals coming into contact with those with hoarding behaviours but where ongoing hoarding support is not within their remit.

Objectives:

  • To enable professionals to recognise the difference between chronic disorganisation, self-neglect and hoarding disorder
  • To understand some of the issues that can cause hoarding behaviours
  • To understand the mental health implications for people affected in this way
  • To be aware of relevant referral pathways and safeguarding

The overall aim is for participants feel confident in having conversations about hoarding and to signpost as necessary.

Price: £975 for up 16 people or £60 per person. A discount may be possible if a free venue can be provided.

Workshop - Friends and Family

Currently under development.

Aimed at friends and family. Help understand the nature of hoarding, boundaries, and ways of working effectively.

We can offer any of the above services to individuals, local authorities, housing associations and other agencies. We may also be able to offer bespoke packages to suit your needs.

To discuss any of these options or to arrange a bespoke group, please email Cath Jackson or call 01732 744950.

To refer someone to any of these offers please use the appropriate form below.

New Beginnings - Support programme referrals

New Beginnings - Workshop referrals